As many here know- I run in any conditions. Rain, snow, sleet, and HEAT HEAT HEAT. At least it feels that hot right now. My last blog was earning my ugly, which was me running in the heat to train for races in the heat. My last short race was a 5k,which was after a another long week of work. This was topped of with showing up late after my car died and then taking the family vehicle, warming up quickly and taking off for a run. Still had a nice successful run on a bright sunny day. Training helps!
Saturday was not to happen that way. Driving my rental as my car is still in the shop, I was on time, toenails trimmed, hair cut, favorite shirt, fueled up, and ready to go. Checked in early and was off on a mile walk/jog to warm up for the race. This should have warmed me up and left me 15 minutes to spare. Not so. The map measurements were to the park entrance, not the far side of the park for the start line which left me a somewhat short on time. That, and my body started reacting hot and just wouldn't relax into it. I started the race unsettled and fidgety feeling. My goal for the race was a 75 minute, ten mile run. Really wanted closer to 72, and would take anything up to 80 minutes. This puts me happily striding out anything between 7:20 and 7:30 miles. The race began with a 7:40 mile. That's okay. I usually start fast and pay later, now I'm starting slow to benefit later. Second mile is a little better, and my third put me back on pace with a total time of 23:34. Everything was great and I started to feel pretty good. Then by mile 4.5, I was walking. My body is crashed- as in not regulating heat, dumping sweat like crazy, heart would not get up to pace, and a sick stomach. If I drink water- I burp it. If I have a sport drink- I have to walk to prevent vomiting. Last blog I earned my ugly. This time I was living through it. After a time, and when I hit the 80 minute mark, I told myself no more walking. Finished the run, skipped all the food, and passed out under a tree. Woke up, and then walked back to the car in under 7 minutes and changed clothes (the finish is that close to where I parked). My only pic is a pile of sweaty clothes with my medal on top.
Went back to get some food and water. Then drive home.
Final stats: 1:25:20 time, 6 of 18 age group, 36 of 142 male, and 46 of 303 overall.
Now, the run never got in to my muscles. It just used up my water, but spared me some energy. Later, with more food and bottles and bottles of fluids later, it's family time. Spent the entire afternoon at the beach.
Sorry ladies, you don't get pics of me.
Some days you win some, some days you lose some. Today I won-
a great day at the beach
forty minute walk with my 14 yr old son (never happens)
happy family dinner, because the kids were too tired to get in to it
I had pizza with the family, mine was GF and the first one this year
a really cool medal
That is not a bad trade off, and I can always attack the run next time.
One more pick for everyone. This is from one of my runs about ten days ago. The area is where woods, trails, and farm fields all come together. Little thing looks just new born.